Author: Nick Barto

The Guide to Facades: NYC Department of Buildings

The Guide to Facades: NYC Department of Buildings

The NYC Department of Buildings has issued guidelines for facade safety and the requirements for filing inspection reports. The department is responsible for issues of public safety where building facades and appurtenances can pose a risk to the public. The department mandates a five-year cycle of exterior inspections for building owners.  Owners of buildings greater than six stories are required to...

Benefits of Sustainable Architecture

Benefits of Sustainable Architecture

Every day we hear about the negative implications of climate change as pollution levels continue to rise and our carbon footprint increases in size every year. To combat this, you might consider taking the train to work instead of driving. If it's convenient, you may separate your paper and plastics in the recycling bin. You might even be persuaded to buy...

Preserving Your Historic Structure's Story

Preserving Your Historic Structure’s Story

Architecture is designed with intention, meaning its form says something about the building's purpose. Form follows function. Elements such as decorative cornices, windows and doors all contribute to the story of the building's purpose. This is especially true of historic buildings. Preserving their design helps to preserve the building's story and history. Telling a Story There is rarely, if ever, anything random...

Researching Tax Rebates and Incentives in Historical Preservation

Researching Tax Rebates and Incentives in Historical Preservation

Federal and state tax credits, deductions, and property easements are designed to encourage property owners to embark on the challenging task of renovating a historic property, allowing it to function well in the modern world while keeping the character and design of the historic original. While there are differences between regions and states, basic rules apply for any historic renovation...